I often think there is only so much you can write about Copyright and Genealogy, but every so often an issue arises that makes me reconsider. Tonight I received my copy of Genealogy in Time Magazine, and the major topic was not copyright….but beyond… Plagiarism. It is often hard to decide when we are just sharing facts that others reported first, and we might err in trying to pass on what seems to be important information……….BUT…….. it shouldn’t be hard to know that directly copying someone else’s words and neglecting to put them in quotes or in any other way attribute them to the source is a step beyond.
I highly recommend you check out Let’s Talk About Plagiarism on Genealogy in Time and let the conversation begin. Every genealogist should think about the ethics of how they share what they find.
PS….while you are on the Genealogy in Time website be sure to look at the links to new records on the web. I find at least one new resource in every newsletter I receive.